College Connections


During my last two years at Northwest Nazarene University I worked in the mailroom.  It was a job I enjoyed and my competitive nature showed up here, even if it was against myself.  I would try to memorize where every name was on the boxes so I could beat my previous time in getting the mail delivered to each box.  Occasionally someone will ask if I know a person who attended college the same time I did and if I didn’t know them personally I usually recognize their name from the mailroom.

Many mornings I worked alongside Wayne Larson.  He and his wife, Joann, ran the mailroom, but had spent many years as missionaries in Swaziland, South Africa and Papua New Guinea (read more about their work here).  Little did I know while I listened to stories from their travels that 15 years later I would be preparing to move my family to Papua New Guinea.

In February I traveled back to Nampa to share with several groups about God’s work in PNG and His call on our lives.  One of the missions groups ended up meeting at the home of the Larson’s son.  He shared with me a little more about their work in PNG.  Wayne served as the hospital administrator and trained a man from PNG to take over his job.  This man named his son Wayne Larson and Little Wayne hopes to one day attend NNU.

Nathan’s college roommate, Jeremy, spent time in Papua New Guinea as a missionary kid. He has been very encouraging in this upcoming adventure.  God has used texts and e-mails from him at times we’ve been feeling discouraged to help us refocus and know that God has things under control.  We are grateful for his encouragement.

As we’ve shared about our upcoming move it’s been fun to see how many connections other people have with PNG.


2 thoughts on “College Connections

  1. Don’t you love the way the Lord goes ahead of us! We have sure loved our random connections with you over the years.
    Love the blog and updates… so excited for the journey ahead for your family and all the lives you will touch! Nathan, what a joy it was to serve together in Israel/Gaza. Can you believe it has been almost 17 years! YIKES! Love you all… Lisa and Michael


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